Ski jumper Gregor Schlierenzauer is said to be heartbroken after a knee injury ruled him out of this year's Four Hills tournament.
The 20-year-old, who last year won two events in the famous Four Hills, twisted his right knee during a fall in training in Seefeld, Austria, on Monday. Schlierenzauer said he was in pain and was sent to the hospital in nearby Hochrum for an MRI scan.
In today´s press conference, the official doctor Wulf Glötzer explained the test results: “The scan showed a partial rupture of the collateral ligament in Gregor Schlierenzauer's right knee.
"The injury will require a gentle treatment as it is the same ligament that was operated in spring 2009. Normally injuries like that make a break of about four or six weeks necessary. The famous Four Hills tournament starts on December 29 so Schlierenzauer's almost certain not to take part.
Gregor didn´t attend at the press conference in person. “He feels tired and crestfallen and doesn´t want to go public at the moment," explained his uncle and manager Markus Prock. "I would ask for your understanding.”
While Schlierenzauer started his rehabilitation today, his fans are supporting the young Austrian by leaving get well soon messages on his homepage.
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